26 September, 2010
By Slovak
Filed under Drupal, Joomla, Meetups

Following the great response from OpenCamp and the recent Dallas Drupal User group meeting, the Dallas / Fort Worth CiviCRM Meetup is a reality!

Join us on October 11 at this inaugural meeting to find how you can use this open source solution in your non-profit organization or a small business. We'll cover the basics of CiviCRM and explore the newest features released in version 3.2.3.

We'll hold an informal open floor for people to present how they use CiviCRM and for others to ask questions about the CRM system.

20 August, 2010
By lobo
Filed under v3.3, CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla
After what seems to be an incredibly long time, we released CiviCRM v3.2 a few weeks ago to good reviews and not too many critical bug reports :). Now that is out of the way, we are starting to plan the feature set for v3.3 We've been fortunate to get a grant from Open Society Institute to help add some features important for Human Right Organizations, specifically for Front Line. We've been working with Front Line for a few years and this grant allows us to target their needs more effectively. Some of the features that are included in this grant are:
  • Extending Address inheritance from Organization to an Individual (or from any contact to any other contact - TBD).
  • Building Advanced Reports...
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15 June, 2010
By michal
Filed under v3.2, CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla

We are excited to announce that the first BETA release of version 3.2 is now available for download. You can also try it out on our sandbox site. Please remember this is a BETA release and it should NOT be used on production sites.

This release includes several major new features/highlights:

  • Usability improvements - Better looking and more intuitive Contact Summary Page. The new "Actions" button provides 1-click access to most contact-related forms. New clean and consistent icons have been implemented to provide helpful visual cues. You can now get a configurable contact summary pop-up from search results by mousing over the contact icon on any row. We'll be blogging with more details on these usability features during the release cycle....
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16 May, 2010
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla

The past few weeks have been just an amazing ride through the CiviCRM universe. We've had some excellent training sessions, an awesome CiviCon and then the sprints which produced a nice new book and some major improvements to our translation process. We've also been spending a lot of time thinking about what we want to accomplish with CiviCRM 4.0. So here are some of our thoughts, note that many of them are speculative and if something is really important to you or your org, consider making that part of YOUR OWN personal battleplan and contribute a design and code to make it happen.

My top 4 guidelines with regard to 4.0 are:

  • No new features. 4.0 is a restructuring and refactoring of part of the code base. Our objective is to make the code base more solid and not focus on adding functionality to the application.
  • Improved extensibility. We've heard the message loud and clear. We need to continue making it easier for...
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14 April, 2010
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla

The FSF just put out a press release recommending CiviCRM for non-profits. We've been working with the FSF very closely over the past 4 months to ensure that CiviCRM is licensing compliant (i.e. all the packages that we use and ship within CiviCRM are all compatible). This is an important milestone and a great endorsement for the project.

Some snippets from the FSF press release

The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today announced that CiviCRM has earned its recommendation as a fully featured donor and contact management system for nonprofits.

The FSF had highlighted the need for a free software solution in this area as part of its High Priority Projects campaign. With this announcement, the FSF will also be adopting CiviCRM for its own use, and actively encouraging other nonprofit organizations to do the same.

In making the switch, the FSF joins other organizations...

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02 March, 2010
By rczamor
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla, Meetups

Last Thursday, a dozen local CiviCRM users, developers and persons interested in learning about the system met at the NEXUS Resource Center to discuss the Boston CiviCRM training and challenges that we each have faced during implementations. Thank you to the The Green Roundtable for allowing us to utilize their space for this meetup.

I presented on a past project I worked on for the Jane Goodall Institute last year. The presentation brought up a serious gap that many people have identified within the CiviCRM community - an online advocacy tool set that integrates well with the Civi. There are various Drupal modules out there that seek to fill this gap, but there is no one solution that meets the general needs of organizations running online advocacy programs.

Much of the discussion that followed the presentation was focused...

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09 February, 2010
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla
Earlier today NTEN released the 2009 Data Ecosystem Survey Report (you need to be an NTEN member or pay $50 to access this report). Long time users might remember that CiviCRM came out on top in the 2007 NTEN CRM Satisfaction Survey. Some of the tweets about this survey include:
  • @pearlbear: GPA on Donation Managment from #nten report: CiviCRM:3.85, Salesforce:3.67, Raiser's Edge:3.62, DIA:3.25, Convio:3.22.
  • @geilhufe: CiviCRM gets straight As in 5/8 parts of an NPO's data ecosystem (NTEN Data Ecosystems
  • @geilhufe: CiviCRM far ahead of competition yet again in independent Report
  • @civicactions: Nice marks for @civicrm in the #NTEN 2009 Data Ecosystem Survey
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29 January, 2010
Filed under v3.1, Drupal, Joomla
The team is excited to announce the release of CiviCRM 3.1 Stable. You can download the release AND / OR try it out on our demo sites. The version number for the initial stable release is 3.1.1. There was an invalid 3.1.0 distribution on Sourceforge for a few hours. If you downloaded that version, please discard and re-download 3.1.1.

v3.1 includes several COOL new features:

  • Contact Subtypes - Extend (and / or rename) the built-in contact types and create custom fields specific to a subtype (e.g. Staff vs. Volunteer custom fields). Thanks to the folks at Alpha International for sponsoring this much-requested feature (learn more...).
  • Personal Dashboards - Each CiviCRM user can...
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08 January, 2010
By lobo
Filed under Drupal, Joomla, Training
We have quite a few paid training events lined up for this year. You can read some of the reports on prior trainings on our blog. Participants who have attended these trainings have remarked as to how much it has helped demystify CiviCRM for them (and their clients). Learn some valuable tips and tricks from the core CiviCRM developers and help the project! We offer a User training mainly for the CiviCRM end user / newbie, an integrator training for the CiviCRM administrator and a developer training for folks who want to extend and customize CiviCRM. Our current training schedule is: Read more
23 December, 2009
Filed under v3.1, CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla
The third BETA release of version 3.1 is now available for download. You can also try it out on our sandbox site. Check out release highlights here!. (Please remember it’s a beta release and it shouldn’t be used on production sites.)  

Step up and help out!

Beta releases are a great occasion to get involved in CiviCRM community. There are many ways you can help make this release better and bug free. Read more